Former Pepperdine greats Rooney, Keenan selected to school hall of fame

Two former National Player of the Year recipients who helped Pepperdine make multiple NCAA Tournament appearances will now be inducted into the school’s hall of fame.

The Waves announced on Friday that former middle attacker Brad Keenan and outside attacker Sean Rooney were selected to the Pepperdine University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Keenan was a four-time All-American and earned back-to-back National Player of the Year awards in 2002 and 2003. He also helped lead the Waves to three regular season MPSF championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances during his college career.


Along with these honors, Keenan continues to hold the NCAA rally scoring era single-season block record with 231 blocks as a junior in 2002. In addition, Keenan’s 208 blocks during his senior year is the third most single-season blocks in NCAA rally scoring history.

Rooney as a senior was a 2005 AVCA National Player of the Year and led the Waves that year to their fifth NCAA championship in program history. The four-time All-American also ended his college career in the program’s top 10 for career kills, games played, aces, digs and attack percentage.

After graduating from Pepperdine as a three-time MPSF All-Academic selection, Rooney helped the U.S. Men’s National Team win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Rooney has continued to play for the national team and most recently was the team captain for the United States as it won the 2014 FIVB World League championship.

Keenan and Rooney were two of six players this year selected to school’s hall of fame.

Among the other former Waves in the 2014 hall of fame class includes former Pepperdine women’s volleyball player Katie Wilkins.

The newest class will be officially enshrined into the hall of fame during a ceremony on Oct. 19 at the Firestone Fieldhouse.